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Tom Nations

50 years of experience in Gas-Lift and NODAL Analysis. Hands on field experience in Alaska, Angola (West Africa), California, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Experience base also includes general oil field operations, slickline and electric line well servicing operations. Currently consulting for several Oil & Gas Operators and conducting training courses for Gas-Lift and NODAL Analysis, as well as assisting ALP with our Pump Checker Gaslift Module.

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Troubleshooting a Gas-Lift Well by Tom Nations

Apr 1, 2021 2:54:00 PM / by Tom Nations posted in gas lift wells


One of the nice things about gaslift, is that events that cause lost production, can sometimes be resolved by performing troubleshooting at surface. I like to quote JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor, Stephen Rassenfoss:

“When a gas lift system starts performing poorly, there is a good chance no one will notice. It is not an event that demands attention like a broken pump. A gas lift system will continue injecting gas into wells and oil will continue to come out. Just not as much oil as there could be.....”

If you happen to notice that your well is producing less fluid, there are things you can do to troubleshoot the issue. This article will focus on Troubleshooting Gas Lift Wells.

With 50 years experience, Tom Nations is an expert in Gas-Lift and NODAL Analysis. In our latest guest article, Tom breaks down the process of trouble-shooting surface problems on a Gas-lifted well. He explains how carrying out the correct checks and diagnosing these issues early can avoid the added expense of having to perform a costly workover.

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